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Cops Win by Default in Oregon Motorcycle ChaseSalem-News.com
After a chase that reportedly reached speeds of 140 mph, the suspect's "crotch rocket" ran out of gas.
(WOODBURN, Ore.) - Police say a Vancouver, Washington man was arrested early Friday after running out of gas on his motorcycle following an attempt to elude state, county and city police officers in an incident that started on Interstate 5 south of Woodburn and ended on the Interstate 205 Glenn Jackson Bridge.
Troopers say that at times, speeds were reported in excess of 140 mph.
Oregon State Police Recruit Trooper Jennifer Russell says early this morning at approximately 12:50 a.m., she was checking southbound traffic on Interstate 5 near milepost 267 when a high speed motorcycle went by northbound.
Recruit Trooper Russell was able to overtake the motorcycle and attempted to stop it near milepost 272. But the red 2006 Suzuki Washington plated motorcycle reportedly sped up to speeds of approximately 130 mph northbound on Interstate 5 and exited onto northbound Interstate 205.
During the incident additional OSP troopers from the Tualatin and Portland offices assisted and took over the lead positions in their attempt to safely stop the motorcycle.
The motorcycle's speeds were reported to continue to reach up to approximately 130 mph northbound on Interstate 205.
Officers from Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, West Linn Police Department, and Portland Police Bureau positioned to assist.
Washington State Patrol troopers were in position on the Washington side of the Interstate 205 bridge ready to take over if the motorcyclist continued his attempt to elude into their state.
At 1:13 a.m. the operator reportedly pulled over and stopped near milepost 26 on the Interstate 205 Glenn Jackson Bridge where OSP troopers took the motorcycle operator into custody after the incident covered over 40 miles.
After the arrest, troopers learned the operator stopped because he ran out of gas. 22-year old Clark Alan Seaton of Vancouver, Washington was taken into custody on numerous charges.
He now faces charges of Felony Attempt to Elude Police on a Vehicle, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Psilocybin Mushrooms.
He was also cited for Unlawful Possession of less than an Ounce of Marijuana and Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit in Excess of 100 mph.
Seaton was lodged in the Marion County Jail this morning.
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